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Lord Justice Scott Baker

Assistant Deputy Coroner of Inner West London

Pre-inquest hearing

Court 73, Royal Courts of Justice

27 July 2007

List of Likely Issues


  1. Whether driver error on the part of Henri Paul caused or contributed to the cause of the collision
  2. Whether Henri Paul’s ability to drive was impaired through drink or drugs
  3. Whether a Fiat Uno or any other vehicle caused or contributed to the collision
  4. Whether the actions of the Paparazzi caused or contributed to the cause of the collision
  5. Whether the road/tunnel layout and construction were inherently dangerous and if so whether this contributed to the collision
  6. Whether any bright/flashing lights contributed to or caused the collision and, if so, their source
  7. Whose decision it was that the Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed should leave from the rear entrance to the Ritz and that Henri Paul should drive the vehicle
  8. Henri Paul’s movements between 7 and 10 pm on 30 August 1997
  9. The explanation for the money in Henri Paul’s possession on 30 August 1997 and in his bank account
  10. Whether Andanson was in Paris on the night of the collision
  11. Whether the Princess of Wales’ life would have been saved if she had reached hospital sooner or if her medical treatment had been different
  12. Whether the Princess of Wales was pregnant
  13. Whether the Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed were about to announce their engagement
  14. Whether and, if so in what circumstances, the Princess of Wales feared for her life
  15. The circumstances relating to the purchase of the ring
  16. The circumstances in which the Princess of Wales’ body was embalmed
  17. Whether the evidence of Tomlinson throws any light on the collision
  18. Whether the British or any other security services had any involvement in the collision
  19. Whether there was anything sinister about (i) the Cherruault burglary or (ii) the disturbance at the Big Pictures agency
  20. Whether correspondence belonging to the Princess of Wales (including some from Prince Philip) has disappeared, and if so the circumstances